Annual Review Meet 2019 of ICAR-Network Project of Sheep Improvement (NWPSI) and ICAR-Mega Sheep Seed Project (MSSP) held on 25-26 November at NASC, New Delhi

25-26 November, 2019

Annual Review Meeting 2019 of ICAR-Network Project of Sheep Improvement (NWPSI) and ICAR-Mega Sheep Seed Project (MSSP) was held at NASC, New Delhi on 25-26 November, 2019. It was chaired by Dr. J. K. Jena, Hon’ble Deputy Director General (Animal Science) and co-chaired by Dr. R.S. Gandhi, Assistant Director General (Animal Production and Breeding), Dr. Raghvendra Singh, Director, ICAR-CSWRI cum Project Coordinator and Dr. Vineet Bhasin, Principal Scientist (AG&B), ICAR Headquarter. The meeting was attended by PI and Co-PIs of 10 cooperating units of NWPSI and MSSP and Dr. Arun Kumar, Incharge PC Unit.

The major aim of these projects is genetic improvement of indigenous sheep breeds through selection and dissemination of superior germplasm to the farmers’ flocks.  The meeting reviewed the progress made by different sheep units during 2018-19.

Director, ICAR-CSWRI, Avikanagar welcomed all the dignitaries and participants in the meeting. DDG (AS) emphasized the need to further strengthen mutton production from sheep keeping in view the surging demand for animal protein. Dr. Gandhi in his address called for inclusion of new sheep breeds, especially some fine wool breeds in the programme for 2020-25. Dr. Bhasin was also of the opinion to cover sheep breeds from the temperate climate. He stressed that NBAGR, Karnal needs to be actively involved in the programme.

Dr. Arun Kumar presented the Project Coordinator’s Report of both the projects and the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the recommendations of last review meeting. The progress report of four farm based units viz. Marwari, Muzaffarnagari, Deccani and Nellore sheep; two field based units viz. Madras Red and Magra sheep under NWPSI and four units under MSSP viz. Mandya, Mecheri, Sonadi and Malpura sheep were also presented and discussed. The technical programme for the ensuing 5 years (2020-2025) was discussed and defined for each of the field and farm units under NWPSI.

Release of Sheep Database Management System Portal ( and Manual at National Sheep-Wool and Farmer’s fair

29 Sept., 2018

ICAR-Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute (CSWRI), Avikanagar organised National Sheep, Wool & Farmer’s fair on 29.09.2018. The Fair was inaugurated by Honourable Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Shri. Radha Mohan Singh ji. More than 5,000 farmers participated in the National Sheep & Wool Fair. Dr. Arun Kumar Tomar, Director ICAR-CSWRI welcomed all the guest and co-ordinated the function.
On this occasion, Sheep Database Management Portal ( was launched by Honourable Shri. Radha Mohan Singh ji. The Sheep Database Management System (DBMS) is an online database repository system designed to collect data from different centres working on sheep breeding and management at different places all over the India. The Sheep DBMS will work as central databank for all routinely collected and research generated data and will be maintained at the Project Coordinator unit of Network Project on Sheep Improvement/Mega Sheep Seed Project at ICAR-CSWRI Avikanagar. All the data will be available on website as online server-based storage and only authorized persons will have access to the database. In this database data from different centres will be uploaded in the provided format on website for different traits viz. inventory, adult weight, reproduction, wool quantity, wool quality, morbidity, mortality, sale of germplasm and disposal. All database files will be available to use for the research and other analysis work at one place. Collection of such data at one place and maintaining it using digital archive system is the need of the hour. The User manual and the DBMS system is developed under the guidance of PC NWPSI/MSSP (Dr. Arun Kumar) by the team of NWPSI and MSSP.
The manual of the DBMS along with CD was released on this occasion by H’ble Minister of Agriculture in the presence of Dr. J. K. Jena (DDG, Animal Science), Shri Prabhu Lal Saini (Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Rajasthan), Shri Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria (MP, Tonk-Sawai Madhopur), Shri Kanhaiya Lal Choudhary (MLA, Todaraisingh-Malpura) and Director CSWRI Avikanagar.

Health Camp and Farmers Scientist Interactive Meet organised under Malpura Project (MSSP)

15 Sept., 2018

On 15.09.2018, health camp was conducted at the Dholi Village, where several farmers brought their sick animals and obtained the required treatment. On this occasion, nearly 650 animals were treated that included mainly sheep and goat. Nearly 80 farmers brought their animals on this occasion. Most of the cases were related to footrot, pneumonia, maggot wound, etc. Farmers gathered at the place and interacted with the scientific staff on the venue. The Farmers-Scientists Interactive meet was conducted with farmers and the Scientific staff of ICAR-CSWRI Avikanagar in the hall of Atal Seva Kendra (Dholi Panchayat). Director of the Institute Dr. Arun Kumar briefed about the Institute objectives, activities and importance of health and cleanliness to the farmers. Director CSWRI also invited all the farmers along with their family members for the Kisan Mela that is due to be held on 29.09.2018 at Avikanagar. This Mela will bring more than 50 research and extension organisations together at one place and farmers will be benefitted extensively. Dr. A. Sahoo (Head AN) conveyed the importance of cleanliness campaign and briefed about the feeding, management and health aspect of animal husbandry.

Swachh Bharat mission activities of ICAR-CSWRI Avikanagar were also highlighted on this occasion and importance of the same was conveyed to each farmer personally.

Currently, Malpura project has nearly 40 registered flocks in the field in 21 villages that covers 2875 animals which are ear tagged or tattooed for scientific data recording. Improved rams of Malpura breed are supplied to the farmers registered under the project for further improvement of the field flocks. Data on all the production, reproduction and disease aspects are collected and analysed for research purpose.

One Day Farmers Interactive Meet and Tree Plantation Programme Held under Malpura Project (MSSP) at Laxmipura Village

One day Farmer’s Interactive meet was conducted along with the tree plantation programme at the Laxmipura village, Malpura (Tehsil) on 14.08.2018. All the sheep breeders in the Laxmipura village are adopted under the mega sheep seep project – Malpura unit of CSWRI Avikanagar. Improved rams of Malpura sheep breed are supplied to the farmers registered under the project for further improvement of the field flocks. Data on all the production, reproduction and disease aspects are collected and analysed for research purpose. The selection process is assisted and the production performance is improved through continuous involvement at the field level.

In the morning hours of 14.08.2018, a tree plantation programme was conducted at laxmipura village with involvement of sheep breeders’ adopted under Malpura (MSSP) project, CSWRI Avikanagar and local people. A total of 101 tree saplings of Neem, Khejri, etc, were planted in the presence of Director of the ICAR-Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute Avikanagar, Dr. Arun Kumar Tomar, along with the project team of Malpura project. Local administration including SDM and BDO were also present in the programme. Mr. Satyanarayan Gurjar, President of the sheep cooperative society along with members were present in the village for the tree plantation programme. He pointed out the importance of fodder trees in the sheep rearing practices and encouraged such efforts. Director CSWRI emphasised the impact of tree plantation for better environment and food safety. He also reiterated the ecological entanglement of the sheep, trees and humans and stressed the importance to conserve and maintain this relationship. Farmers and local administration joined hands in tree plantation and discussion on several topics related to sheep genetics, health, environment, education and development.